Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10. nóv. 2015 - 304 síđur
How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities.
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That claim raises a separate question, since the processes whereby the temple cult in Jerusalem adopted Yahweh as their one god were complex and long-lived and are not fully understood. I am persuaded by those who see monotheism in the ...
There were private cults within the household, or in rural shrines and caves. ... the surnames were more oblique and mysterious even to the Greeks themselves: so Zeus was called Apomyios (ˇthe Fly-Repellent˘) in a cult at Olympia, ...
If you wanted a sense of mystical communion with the divine and the promise of eternal life, for example, you could join a mystery cult and become a devotee of Dionysus. A number of Dionysiac texts etched onto gold leaves have survived ...
Viewed in terms of its effects on society as a whole rather than the individual, civic cult existed to foster local identity within the polis and a looser sense of attachment to Greek culture as a whole. It was an articulation, ...
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What I found especially fascinating about this book was the fundamental point that he makes about peoples attitudes towards religion. The idea of a single unified faith community is a mirage ..both in ... Read full review
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This is a very good history of ancient Greek society and the role of mythology. It also extends in the peak of the Roman empire. Unfortunately, there is little about the existence or role of atheism ... Read full review
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